Canadian ports can help build an inclusive, green and digital system that is resilient no matter the challenge it faces. Specific policies, programs and industry leadership are taking shape globally and Canada needs to determine where it will stand. As the federal government considers how our country will recover from COVID-19, ports and supply chains must be prioritized for early and ongoing support to restart and reshape the economy. ACPA has been clear in its view of how Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) can help our country grow, messaging the value of ports through Federal prebudget consultations.
ACPA sent the following letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland to inform her budget deliberations. ACPA provided tangible recommendations in building Canada’s supply chain resilience, decarbonization and trade facilitation for Canada, specifically:
- Develop dedicated financial support to scale green shipping corridors at Canadian ports.
- Revive the Shore Power funding program offered by Transport Canada.
- Develop Dedicated Funding for Port Infrastructure Focused on Decarbonization and the Energy Transition.
- Continue Focused National Trade Corridor Funding to support supply chain resilience.
The ACPA Submission to the Department of Finance Prebudget Consultations (February 2021) focuses on how ports can contribute to a sustainable, inclusive and innovative COVID-19 recovery through enhanced National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) infrastructure support and program amendments, increases in borrowing limits for CPAs, and support for CPA green infrastructure and technology.Download ACPA’s Submission to the Department of Finance Pre-budget Consultations
The ACPA Prebudget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (August 2020) identified ways that the government could support the leadership and resilience of ports to assist in Canada’s economic recovery. In its submission, ACPA urged the government to enhance the NTCF and amend program details, to increase borrowing limits for port infrastructure projects and empower ports to engage in trade-facilitation activities, and, to waive the gross revenue charge levied on Canada’s ports to preserve liquidity for investment in economic recovery.Download ACPA’s Pre-budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance